53 Africa Higher Education Centres to convene in Benin

53 Africa Higher Education Centres to convene in Benin

Staff writer

53 Africa Higher Education Centres are set to convene for   the 7th bi-annual meeting of the Africa Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) in Cotonou, Benin Next week.
The In-person meeting which is the first Post-Covid is aiming to enhance the drive toward Achieving Development Impact.

The meeting also seeks to provide implementation support and share global best practices with centers on the project objectives, especially development impact, entrepreneurship and innovation, gender initiatives, digital transformation, and institutional impact activities.

Information released ahead of the event shows that the 7th ACE Impact Regional Workshop will be held from June 13-17, 2022 with an option for virtual attendance.

“Considering the impact and mobility restrictions posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACE Impact stakeholders are

meeting for the first time in-person in two years (the last in-person meeting was held in February 2020 in Abuja, Nigeria).

“The meeting which will make provision for virtual participation is bringing together leaders of the fifty-three (53) Centres of Excellence, government representatives from the 11 participating countries, key higher education stakeholders, policy think tanks, and partners such as the World Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Association of African Universities (AAU).

Committed to enhancing the capacity of universities to deliver high-quality training and applied research to address regional development challenges, the ACE Impact
project is convening stakeholders to accelerate project implementation by measuring the impact accrued and exploring ways to address bottlenecks.” Read the statement.

With the project reaching its Mid-Term Review (MTR) in 2021, results of the MTR process will be evaluated during the upcoming workshop, with the teams finalising recommendations and next steps.

ACE Impact is being implemented over five-year duration, 2019 -2024 and this workshop will further provide an opportunity for peer-learning and regional knowledge sharing among the centers and strengthen partnerships and networks to drive successful project implementation and sustainability.

The meeting  also seeks to provide implementation support and share global best practices with centers on the project objectives, especially development impact, entrepreneurship and innovation, gender initiatives, digital transformation, and institutional impact activities.
‘In addition, selected students from the three centers in Benin will be given the opportunity to share their innovative research outputs during a poster exhibition on 14th June 2022 at the Palais des Congrès. “read the statement.